Installing ESX 3.5 in VMware Fusion

While this actually requires no special settings, I figure it’s worth noting, if for nothing more than to state that in VMware Fusion 3, ESX 3.5 requires no additional settings to be operational. Basically it works as follows:

  1. Download the ESX ISO (
  2. In VMware Fusion create a new virtual machine, choosing said ISO:
  3. The correct OS is installed automatically. The version may be ‘incorrect’ but it works just fine:
  4. And all installed:

Also of note: The splash screen seemingly does a lookup against the hostname you have configured to produce the IP address displayed.